Boutique Wine Trail Self Drive

from £1635
excluding flights *
9 nights Year round


Wine connoisseurs and gourmands look no further as this itinerary delivers on every level - good food, fine wine, charming accommodation, special inclusions and New Zealand's trademark spectacular scenery. Taking in the wine regions of Hawke's Bay, Martinborough and Marlborough you'll also see geothermal Rotorua and sunny Nelson.


  • Visit Waitomo glowworm caves (included)
  • Join a full day Gold Reserve Wine Tour in Hawke's Bay including lunch and mid-afternoon gourmet tasting platter (included)
  • Choose to visit the wineries of Blenheim on a full day Wine Tour
  • Discover Martinborough - renowned for its Pinot Noir
  • Time at leisure to explore Nelson with its arts and crafts, world-class wineries, breweries and local produce

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • Waitomo Glowworm caves tour
  • Full day Hawke's Bay Gold Reserve Wine Tour
  • A choice of a full day wine tour or a full day Winery Tour by Bike in Blenheim
  • Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Car rental throughout
  • Unlimited kilometres
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holida
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

This self-drive itinerary offers a selection of top visitor destinations on both islands, with the emphasis on New Zealand's three principal wine making regions that consistently produce some of the finest wines in the world.

You'll also stay in some fine boutique accommodation throughout, with each property capturing the essence of Kiwi hospitality.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £825 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire. Prices for other combinations of passengers and rooms available on request. Other vehicle types also available.

Departure Duration Car category Twin Price (pp)
Year round 9 nights Toyota Corolla Hatch (or similar) £1,635

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Waitomo Glowworm caves tour
  • Full day Hawke's Bay Gold Reserve Wine Tour including lunch and mid-afternoon gourmet tasting platter
  • A choice of a full day wine tour or a full day Winery Tour by Bike in Blenheim (with hotel pick up and drop off)
  • Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Car rental throughout (Toyota Corolla Hatch or similar)
  • Unlimited kilometres
  • Vehicle insurance subject to an insurance excess
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation


The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1 arrive Auckland

You will be met on arrival in Auckland and transferred to your accommodation.
Overnight: Hotel De Brett (B). Please note king bed only available (no twin).

Day 2 Auckland- Waitomo-Rotorua (370 km)

Collect your Hertz rental car and drive to the Waitomo caves where a tour of the Glowworm caves is included, revealing a hidden world of glow worms and limestone formations. Later travel across the Mamaku Hills to the famous geothermal centre of Rotorua.
Overnight: Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel (B).

Day 3 Rotorua-Napier (223 km)

Depart Rotorua this morning and travel via Lake Taupo to Napier, the Art Deco centre of New Zealand. The Hawke's Bay region is renowned for its fresh local produce and award winning wines and is home to over 140 vineyards and 70 wineries. Stay in Napier for two nights.
Overnight: McHardy Lodge (B).

Day 4 Napier

Sit back and relax as you experience a range of wineries and food attractions with a full day Gold Reserve Wine Tour. Visit 5-6 wineries (including a Premium vineyard and winemaking tour). Enjoy your 2 course winery lunch and also enjoy a mid-afternoon gourmet Hawke's Bay tasting platter. A trip to the Summit of Te Mata Peak is also included and here you can see breathtaking views over the Hawke's Bay region. Pick up and drop off from your accommodation is included (B/L).
Overnight: McHardy Lodge (B).

Day 5 Napier-Martinborough (286 km)

From Hawke's Bay, journey south to the attractive town of Martinborough just east of Wellington. This boutique wine-producing region is renowned for its Pinot Noir. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore some of the many vineyards, all within a short distance of the town centre.
Overnight: The Martinborough Hotel (B).

Day 6 Martinborough-Wellington-Picton-Blenheim (119 km)

Drive the short distance to Wellington and drop off your car before boarding the ferry across the Cook Strait to the South Island. Collect another car at Picton and drive to Blenheim in the Marlborough region for a two-night stay.
Overnight: The Peppertree (B)

Day 7 Blenheim

Enjoy a wine tour tailored to your wine interests and preferences. You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide with wine industry experience as you visit a selection of award winning wineries and enjoy lunch at a winery restaurant in the Marlborough region. Hotel pick up and drop off and Lunch included (B).
Overnight: as above.

Day 8 Blenheim-Nelson (116 km)

Depart Blenheim and make your way to Nelson today. Spend the afternoon at leisure. You may like to visit the Wearable Arts Museum or one of the many art and handicraft centres around the city. Two night stay in Nelson.
Overnight: Warwick House (B). Please note double room only available (no twin).

Day 9 Nelson

Spend a full day at leisure in the Nelson region. Nelson's climate is ideal for production of world-class wine, long warm summers and cool autumn nights produce wines with intense fruit flavours, good acid balance and weight. The region has an abundance of local flavours, sun-kissed fruit, farm-fresh and organic vegetables and succulent seafood. The great food is complemented with over 25 boutique aromatic wineries and craft breweries (B).
Overnight: Warwick House (B). ,

Day 10 depart Nelson

Drive to Nelson airport and return your rental car prior to your departure.

The Martinborough Hotel, Martinborough

New Zealand

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

Located on the Square of Martinborough Village and within easy walking distance of the area's boutique wineries, this wonderful colonial hotel has 16 individually designed and elegant guest rooms.

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Hotel De Brett, Auckland

New Zealand

Grade: Deluxe

Type: Unique And Boutique

This iconic building in Auckland's central fashion precinct has been stylishly reinterpreted into a 25-room boutique hotel.

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The County Hotel, Napier

New Zealand

Grade: Deluxe

Type: Hotel

Originally built in 1909, this 18-room hotel is one of only two significant buildings to have survived the massive 1931 earthquake.

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The Peppertree, Blenheim

New Zealand

Grade: Superior

Type: Guesthouse B&B

A 5-room Edwardian villa found in almost 10 acres of farmland, a grove of arching pepper trees line the drive that leads up to The Peppertree.

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